Dogs

Foundations Program

This 6-module course is designed to help dogs of all ages and their people live together happily! These fun, safe, and flexible classes will ensure that:

  1. Your dog learns the fundamental behaviours you need them to know
  2. That you learn the fundamentals of shaping and maintaining their behaviour

The course also includes dog socialization sessions which are planned and scheduled separately from formal training classes. All families will receive a clicker and training manual after orientation and graduate with a certificate upon completion.

For Puppies:

The critical socialization period in a dog’s life occurs primarily before they reach 16 weeks of age. During this time, it is essential for your dog to have positive experiences with a wide range of different stimuli such as other animals, people, places, sounds, etc. However, puppies without complete vaccination should not be taken to parks or exposed to unfamiliar adult dogs.

The Foundations Program is the perfect solution! It provides a structured way to deliver novel situations, build self-confidence, teach basic skills, and set future training up for success.

For Adult Dogs:

For dogs 5 months and older, the Foundations program provides equal opportunity to unlearn undesirable habits as forming desired ones. By understanding and applying modern positive reinforcement training techniques, you will be able to communicate effectively with your dog and build a better relationship with them.

Whether or not your dog has previous training experience, the Foundations Program is guaranteed to deliver knowledge and skills to all participants!

Course Overview

Fee is CDN$500.00

Orientation (online)- Owners meet the trainer to establish a daily care and training routine. Subjects discussed include: nutrition, house training, handling, ‘yes’ and ‘no’ conditioning, clicker mechanics, reinforcement, socialization, desensitization, and exercise. A demonstration on shaping a basic behaviour will show dog families how operant conditioning works.

Socialization sessions will be held weekly and scheduled separately from regular class time.

All students will graduate with a certificate of completion, a clicker, and a training manual with video tutorials

Module 1

Engagement, crate training, targeting, appropriate play/secondary reinforcement

Module 2

‘Down’, Impulse control, 'Bed', recall

Module 3

Collar/leash/harness desensitization, Loose-leash walking,  polite greetings

Module 4

Retrieve,‘Heel’

Module 5

Troubleshooting

Module 6

Graduation

Adult Program

This program is designed to help dogs and their people live together happily! By understanding and applying modern positive reinforcement training techniques, you will be able to communicate effectively with your pet and build a better relationship with them. This is a fun, flexible, and comprehensive foundation course that will provide you with the skills and knowledge to safely and humanely manage your pet family.

Course Overview:

Fee is CDN$350.00

Your dog must be up to date with vaccinations and more than 5 months (20 weeks) old.

Socialization sessions will be held weekly and scheduled separately from regular class time.

All students will graduate with a certificate of completion, a clicker, and a training manual with video tutorials

Module 1

(Orientation- online) “Yes” and “No” conditioning, following a lure, housetraining, handling, collar/leash/harness desensitization

Module 2

Sit/Stand/Down, crate training, targeting, recall, appropriate play

Module 3

Loose-leash walking, impulse control, Stay

Module 4

Introduction to distance/duration/distraction/delivery, heeling, fetch

Module 5

Troubleshooting

Module 6

Graduation

Custom Session Packages

For all advanced training (ex. off-leash walking), for dogs with specific behavioral issues (ex. fear, anxiety, reactivity, aggression, etc.), and for busy owners who need extra help; creating and committing to a custom plan with your trainer is the best solution! After orientation is complete, behavioural goals will be achieved through a personalized training plan designed according to your pet and family needs.

Course Overview:

Package of 3 sessions: Fee is CDN$280.00

Package of 6 sessions: Fee is CDN$500.00

Your dog must be up to date with vaccinations and more than 5 months (20 weeks) old.

All families will receive a clicker and training manual after orientation.